Jamaica Magazine

Book Review: The Right To Belong

About the book
Bothered by not knowing his father, thirty-eight-year old Pete Mitchell is prompted to start a search after watching a television show about single parents and developing a belief that a father must take care of the child he helps bring into the world. His search, however, would be easier if the family members who know the whereabouts of his father would help.

After Pete finally finds his father, another set of problems commence and are centered around the sharing of his father’s possessions with his father’s two other children. There are also disagreements about the amount of money that should be spent on the father’s burial. Pete’s troubles and disagreements, with his siblings, range from his siblings tampering with their father’s will to them having him thrown in jail on a trump up charge. Ultimately, after he attends court and gets out of jail, Pete encounters more problems trying to get the house his father wants him to have. 

Do you have the option to know your father? Thirty-eight year old Pete Mitchell had never known his father and he wanted to find him if possible and get to know him before it was too late. A short but interesting read as the author tells this story that contains good and bad parts of life and makes the reader question if they have had the privilege of knowing their parents. After all, our parents, in most cases, have gone through child birth, raised a young baby into youth, and hopefully into a successful life, all the while hoping and praying that the son or daughter will remain in heart and soul with those parents.

Pete had a wife and pre-teen sons all living together as a family should be. But Pete wanted to know his father so he started locally with other family members to find out how he could contact his father, finally getting some information from an aunt who told him she might help him locate his father through some other family members. Pete finally made the contact finding out that his father lived in England with Pete’s younger brother and sister. Pete had always been told that his father wanted no parts of him. Finally contact was made with his father, who was not in good health. His sister was also not in good health but her problem was with drugs and pot. His father paid for an airline ticket for Pete to come and see him, as he really wanted to meet his son he had never seen. His brother, Dale, met him at the airport explaining that the sister, Ella, was in the hospital.

When Pete met his father all went pretty well between them. His father rewrote his will to give Pete his property in the islands. All the while Dale had been mooching all he could from his father, thinking that he would get everything when his father died. Dale was not happy when Pete showed up. Pete came back to the United States until he heard that his dad was in very bad health. He went again to England. The rest of the story you must read. Some of the language is roughly written, not in a bad way but in a way you might have to interpret a few words and passages. The story is meaningful and its message is clear, namely that all children should know their father. -  Review written by
Cy Hilterman  

Growing up without his father being involved in his life, Patrick A. Davy is motivated to write his book, “The Right to Belong.” Pete is a successful salesman living in New York City with his wife and two sons. He tells his sons that they are lucky to have their father and to know him. This initiates Pete’s search to find his father and get to know him. Pete finds out that his family is guarded and there are many people and things he does not know. Pete’s cousin Nigel reports that his father is widowed, has two other children and is in poor health, but he obviously does not really want contact with Pete. Pete finally is able to track down contact information and meets his father as well as his siblings, but the reunion that occurs is not what Pete had hoped for.

This is a very honest book, that reveals Pete’s heart, emotions, frustrations and hurt about growing up without his father. This really highlights the role fathers play in their children’s lives and the fact that children need to feel as if they belong and are wanted by their parents. Having been fully aware of conflict among family members over what is rightfully theirs in many families, readers will empathize and perhaps relate to Pete’s struggles. Overall, it is a touching story that would be therapeutic for readers who grew up in a similar family situation. – Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite January 15, 2012

About The Author
Patrick A. Davy grew up in Jamaica and now lives on Long Island, New York. “Since I am available to my sons at all times, I know it is important for a father to be involved in his children’s lives. My availability to my sons and my experience of growing up without a father motivated me to write this book.”

Patrick also authored The Little Big Thinkers: A Collection of Children’s Stories and The Will to Win, a novel about a young woman’s determination to start her own family despite the obstacles in her way.

Patrick can be reached through his website. . He blogs about his books and the fiction writing craft at http://www.therighttobelong.com


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